10 Sep 2015
Dorothy Dalton is editor of Governance magazine and a governance expert. She was the first chief executive of Acevo, holding the position from 1992 to 2000. She also founded the Network of Women Chairs and co-founded Groundbreakers, a support group for female chief executives in the voluntary sector.
She was a non-executive director of the Inland Revenue and has been a judge at the Charity Awards for several years.
In a voluntary capacity Dalton has been a trustee of several charities including Marie Curie Cancer Care and regularly participates in fundraising expeditions for JoLt, the Journey of a Lifetime Trust which arranges overseas expeditions for disadvantaged or disabled young people.
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In light of the Olive Cooke scandal and a recent court case over legacies Dorothy Dalton reminds trustees that they must always be considering potential risks to their charities, even when they seem unlikely.
Dorothy Dalton says that over the past five years, charities have put much greater effort into developing effective governance.
Dorothy Dalton offers some advice to a trustee worried about a controversial proposal from their chief executive.
Dorothy Dalton suggests that it is time for the Charity Commission's board to be less hands-on and to ensure its online guidance gives top-notch advice.
The Charity Commission has rewritten its operational compliance report on the case of Southwark Muslim Women’s Association after governance experts pointed out that its advice on chief executives’ attendance at trustee board meetings was contrary to good practice.
Dorothy Dalton considers the implications of NCVO's executive pay inquiry for trustee boards.
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